1) Most harrowing dining experience/meal ever:
In 1980, the Globe sent me to spend the weekend reviewing a very fancy dining room in a hotel out of town. Immediately upon arrival I came down with the kind of stomach flu that keeps one in the bathroom. Eating all weekend made me wish for danger pay.
2) Most transcendent dining experience/meal ever:
Alain Chapel’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Mionnay, France. I can still taste the fresh briny sweetness of Mr. Chapel’s oysters in gossamer beurre blanc.
3) Closest you ever came to being outed as Joanne Kates while on an assignment:
Until the advent of menus posted online, I used to steal the menus of restaurants I reviewed. At Angelini’s (now defunct) on Jarvis Street, they caught me with the menu and demanded it back. I had no explanation for why I took it.